July 7, 2014

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Free Motion Embroidery IdeasYou can create beautiful embroidery designs on your regular sewing machine without having to invest in a computerized embroidery machine. This is a page about free motion embroidery ideas.


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Removing Scuff Marks from Waxed Tile FloorsThis is a page about removing scuff marks from waxed tile floors. A nice wax job can be marred by dark and light rubber shoe soles.


Christmas table

Table Decorating IdeasThis is a page about table decorating ideas. Depending on the season or celebration, there are many ways to decorate a table for all kinds of special occasions.


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Downloading Game Software?This is a page about downloading game software. There are many kinds of games available online to download for the family.


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Making Replacement Pads for a SwifferThis is a page about making replacement pads for a Swiffer. You can make these pads; even wash and reuse them to save you money on buying the disposable ones.



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Trade With Your Local FloristI had some house plants I had to get rid off so I took pictures of them to the local florist. They took some of the plants and gave me fresh cut flowers in exchange.


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Homemade Ring Toss GameAfter the 4th of July celebrations, we had some of those light up necklaces that light for a few hours and then expire. The next day, we used them to make a ring toss game using a small orange cone that we had in the garage.


Vacuum Cleaner Bag

Using Any Vacuum Cleaner BagA pack of 3 vacuum cleaner bags costs $10.00. That's over $3.50 for one bag! I never buy the original bags anymore. Instead, I buy any bags that are roughly the same size at yard sales and Thrift Stores. Salvation Army has baskets full of those bags in all sizes, for 25 cents a bag!


We Went to Paris for $20

We Went to Paris for $20We flew to Paris and spent nine days for a mere $20. Wait. What? Yes, we really flew from Missouri to Paris, France and had a vacation of a life time on a $20 dollar bill. It took 5 years of me putting a $20 dollar bill into our Paris account each week to cover all of our expenses.


Overgrown Grapevine

Overgrown GrapevineThis grapevine has taken over my gazebo.


Uses for Old Screens

Uses for Old ScreensWhen we replaced our windows, we kept a couple of screens from the old storm windows. Now, I wish we had kept all of them as there are so many uses for them.


Use Gap as Hanger Helper

Use Gap as Hanger HelperIf you have a dowel, piece of PVC pipe or like me, a butter knife you can hang up to 5 or 6 shirts or pants between the washer and dryer. I recently found this was so much handier than hanging up clothes on door knobs and the backs of chairs.


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Make Garden Stakes from Discarded Sign SupportsRecently I saw some discarded campaign signs with the metal stakes that look like the capital H shape and picked them up and brought them home to use in my garden to let my climbing plants, like snap peas and climbing green beans....


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Prepare Ivory Soap in the MicrowaveIf you use Ivory soap for your homemade laundry detergent, put your bar in the microwave and turn on high until it blows up into a "mountain". Stop the microwave, let cool, then push down the mountain into a hill of soap flakes.


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Dilute Dishwashing LiquidI buy 1 large bottle of whatever is on sale and I save the old bottles, When I get a new bottle, I fill 3 bottles with just a 1/4 of liquid and the rest water, I end up with 4 bottles of liquid detergent.


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Apple Brown Betty CrumbleEasy and simple!


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Freeze Juice Packs for Ice PackI always keep some of those Capri Sun juice packs on hand for the neighborhood kids. We live on a lake and there's always children going by.


Banana Peel Sleepy Tea

Banana Peel Sleepy TeaDon't throw away that banana peel! It will help you fall asleep tonight, for free! Just steep your clean, sticker-free peels in a pot of water for 10 minutes, sprinkle with cinnamon, drink an hour before bedtime, and off you go.



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15th Birthday Ideas?I'm turning 15 on July 19. I decided I'm just going to have a sleep over with a couple friends and have a big sweet 16 next year. What should I do at the sleep over?


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14th Birthday Party Ideas?How do you do a 14th birthday theme of a Sweet 16th party? I've got friends and parents coming over to my house and I want it to be perfect 'cause I am nearly in high school. I want it book-themed, but my brothers think it's boring. Ideas please.


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Removing a Rust Stain in Porcelain Tub?I have a white porcelain bathtub that was heavily stained with rust when rusty drain clearing cable was left spread in tub. Sprayed the tub, sprinkled Bar Keepers Friend on stain. Wet cloth and lightly scrubbed the tub. The rust disappeared 90% first application.


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What Breed is My Dog?We've recently rescued a 6 month old pup from our local shelter. His name is Charlie and I believe him to be a mixed bag of breeds. He's most likely underweight for his age. He's a playfull, loving pup, who's always keen to please and snores.


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Shopping for Liquid Starch?Where can I find Linit starch?


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Removing Sunscreen Stains on Clothing?I am trying to remove orange and yellow stains from sunscreen on kids' clothes After Barkeepers Friend, The Works, etc. is used do you let it sit and then launder as normal?


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Value of a 1947 Jacobsen Walk Behind Mower?I have a 1947 Jacobsen walk behind mower. It still runs and works great. How do I determine the value? Thank you.


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Installing Laminate Flooring?Can you share your thoughts about what to consider when installing the laminate flooring into the home?


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Blue Hydrangea Not Blooming?I have a blue flowing hydrangea, it had blooms last year, but so far it only seems to be growing higher, all leaves.


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Freezing Kale?Why do you need to blanch kale before freezing?


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